Hollande: French intervention in CAR necessary to avoid 'carnage'
The (Hamburg, Germany) Deutsche Presse-Agentur
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande said outside military intervention is necessary to avoid "carnage" from the sectarian conflict in the Central African Republic, reports said early Wednesday.
Hollande arrived in the capital Bangui late Tuesday accompanied by the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
The French mission to the country is "dangerous, but necessary, if carnage is to be avoided," Radio France Internationale quoted Hollande as saying.
Hollande bowed before the coffins of two French soldiers who were killed in Bangui on Monday evening, three days after France sent troops to its former colony.
According to the Red Cross, 400 people have been killed in sectarian violence between Muslim rebels and Christian vigilante groups in the past week.